Oh, hey! I’m Sarah. I can’t wait to be ~ friends ~ with all of you. But before we can get there, allow me to introduce myself.
Here’s me in a series of Friends GIFS because an important thing you need to know is that this is one of my all-time favorite TV shows.
Without further ado, I bring you: The One Where We Become Friends
Taking it back where it all began, I was born on a cold December night (actually) in Illinois. If you ask me where I’m from, my answer always sounds like: “Chicago. Well, Chicagoland. I’m from a small town north of the city on the border of Wisconsin called Antioch, but it’s usually just easier to say Chicago.” Even though it’s never easier because I always end up giving that full explanation.
My parents are both originally from Poland, which means I’m the first generation to be born in the United States. I’m also proud to say that I am the first one in my family to attend college!
When I was twelve years old, I ran in a small scholarship pageant in my hometown. When asked where I see myself in the future on my application, I wrote “I’d like to either go to Belmont and become a country singer or go to Georgetown and become a lawyer.” I’m now in my fourth year at Georgetown University studying International Politics with a concentration in International Law. Funny how things work out. I’ve ditched the country singer dream since then, but still do love to sing all the time (just ask my roommates, #sorry).
When I’m procrastinating (which is
a lot almost never, hi Mom and Dad), I love cooking, scrolling through Pinterest & Instagram, reading autobiographies (Tina Fey’s Bossypants is a favorite) and watching How I Met Your Mother & New Girl on Netflix. I’m also always looking for good book and TV show recommendations, so if you have anything stellar to recommend, don’t forget about me!
I love, love, love to travel and spent the first two summers in college abroad in Poland interning and brushing up on my language skills. I also spent last semester abroad in Strasbourg, France (read: wine country) drinking wine that was cheaper than water and learning how to speak French. The dream is to live abroad for the first couple years after graduation, so we’ll see how that pans out!
This year, I’m so excited to really lean into exploring everything Georgetown has to offer that I may have pushed to the side in all the busyness of the past three years. I plan on attending as many lectures and guest speakers as possible, learning more about different faith traditions, and spending as much time with friends as I can. I’m also looking forward to co-leading a Life Group (Tuesday nights at 8 pm on Harbin 9 #shamelessplug) with Chi Alpha, which is a Protestant campus ministry that I’ve been involved with since freshman year.
On the note of experiencing new things, I’m also so excited to make more time to get out of the infamous “Georgetown Bubble” this year (that’s really the only reason that bubble wrap gif has any significance here, it’s a stretch, sorry). I’ll hopefully be attending some events at the Polish Embassy (and taking you along with me!) and exploring new restaurants and cafés. If we’re going to be friends, you have to understand my deep love for coffee. It’s very important.
I’m a senior this year, which means that there is a whole new life ahead of me after graduation. I’m not entirely sure yet what the immediate future holds or even what country I’ll be living in, but I’ll likely find out during the course of this year. You’ll find out with me!
Not too much here. I once had a YouTube video go viral and I speak Polish, French and Spanish. In a former life I did pageants and won Jr. Miss Antioch 2007 and Miss Antioch 2012 and can you tell I’m from Small Town, USA yet? I love singing, watching Netflix (did I mention that already?), playing tennis, writing and I’m teaching myself calligraphy. I drink my coffee black, I’m best friends with my mom, and the quote that I live by is by Dr. Seuss: “Be who you are and say what you feel ‘cause those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
I think the most important thing you need to know about me is that I love hearing people’s stories. I firmly believe you can learn something from everyone and I hope that throughout senior year, I’ll have the opportunity to meet many new people and hear many new stories. In the meantime, I’ll be sharing mine and what I can promise you is a decent amount of awkwardness, laughter (probably at said awkwardness) and a glimpse into life on the Hilltop!